Donelli Continuing with our exploration of sparkling wine, today I am looking at Lambrusco. This week's Wine Wednesday focuses on a wine from Donelli. It's a Lambrusco Amabile is made from 90% Lambrusco Grasparossa and 10% Malbo Gentile. The vines are grown on Calcareous clay. The grapes are hand harvested in September and then taken... Continue Reading →
Today is #Lambrusco day. The world of Lambrusco is fascinating and whenever I try one, I am transported back to Emilia, a region I love and where I went to graduate school. A city that should be on your radar, the whole region in fact. I've written many posts on Lambrusco which can be found... Continue Reading →
I wrote this post on Monte delle Vigne some nine years ago. On Friday I tasted Callas again. It had won a Tre Bicchieri award from Gambero Rosso and was on display at the event on March 1st. It’s always fun to try wines at a long interval of years and find that wines you wrote about years ago are still among your favorites.
Thanks to some Italian contacts in New York, I was directed to the Emilia Romagna building at Vinitaly with a specific goal – to taste the wines of Monte delle Vigne, a winery located in Emilia Romagna near the city of Parma. Emilia has never been considered an optimum location for the production of still wines but has been largely well known for its Lambrusco of different denominations and coming from different indigenous clones.
This Vinitaly I was interested in visiting some of the lesser known regions or at least those that I have less of an occasion to taste in the US. I remember quite well my days in Emilia. I lived in the lovely city of Bologna for a year when I was in graduate school at SAIS.
Monte delle Vigne was started in 1973 by Andrea Ferrari who firmly believed that he had a found an…
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The theme this month’s Italian Food, Wine and Travel (#ItalianFWT) group of food and wine writers is Italian Sparkling Wines. I love sparkling wine and could drink it at every meal and throughout the meal. Today I am writing out one of my favorite sparkling wines although it is really frizzante usually rather than sparkling, Lambrusco as... Continue Reading →
This week's post for my spirited Sunday is Vecchia Romagna. This brandy is one of the most ubiquitous ones you see in Italy. Every single bar has a bottle of Stravecchio, Vecchia Romagna and many Amaro brands. It is as common as vodka or any other spirit in Italian bars. It has a very long... Continue Reading →
Italy's indigenous varieties are so numerous that everyone has a different count of how many there are. This week's variety - Montù Bianco - hails from Emilia Romagna, a wine region that I think is undervalued. This grape makes white wines. It can be found in a DOP called Reno and can make frizzante wines.... Continue Reading →